From the Market Manager
Our terminal is working fine now, so if you got tokens while it wasn’t working
properly, please come by the market table and we will swipe your card so that you
can settle with us. Thanks.
I heard an article the other day about the garlic industry in the U.S. The person being
interviewed was from the Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, California. He said that China
has been dumping garlic here for years. Where there used to be 30 commercial
growers, there are now 3. Buy garlic when it’s local, but when you can’t get local, buy
California garlic. I tried Chinese garlic once and thought it had no flavor.
Here are a few tips for shopping at any farmers’ market.
• Bring small bills, not just 20s.
• Walk around the market to see who has what and what the prices are.
• Go early to get the best selection.
• Go late. If you’re the haggling type, you may be able to get a good deal. No one
wants to leave with unsold items (especially if they’re fresh, or baked), so they
may be open to your asking for a deal.
• It’s not just about produce. You can buy meat, poultry, dairy products
including cheese, baked goods, honey, maple products and more. Bring a
cooler with you.
• Try something new.
• Shop a week ahead. Ask the farmer when they expect certain produce to arrive
and disappear. This way you can plan on having what you want especially if you
are buying in bulk.
Highland Foundation Free Fridays—Free entry to museums throughout
Massachusetts for 10 weeks this summer
Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Norman Rockwell Museum—Stockbridge
Nichols House Museum--Boston
MIT Museum—Cambridge Plimouth Plantation--Plymouth
Cape Ann Museum—Gloucester The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home -Lenox
Worcester Art Museum Wenham Museum, Wenham
Clark Art Institute—Williamstown
Go to Highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-Fridays for more details.
HIP—Healthy Incentive Program
Hip goes from the first of the month to the last of the month; it is automatic. It
doesn’t show up in your monthly SNAP benefit. If you don’t use all of your HIP, it
doesn’t roll over to the next month. If you keep at least $10 in your EBT account, you’ll
be able to access HIP throughout the month. We have 4 farmers that accept HIP.
Bet you’ve never heard of this vegetable. It resembles broccoli rabe in appearance,
but it has white flowers, and a sweeter slightly peppery taste. It is grown for its edible
immature leaves not the small florets like broccoli. It has a sweet broccoli/kale flavor.
Rainbow Harvest Farm grows it. Good sautéed.
Recipe—Green Garlic Soup
1 # green garlic
½ # potatoes
2 medium onions, ¼# unsalted butter, salt, 2 quarts chicken stock.
Trim away the root end and peel any any tough or dirty outer leaves. Cut away the
tough upper portion of the green leave, unless very tough the lower couple of inches
of the greens are fine to use. Cut the clean garlic into thin rounds or half circles. Peel
the potatoes and cut into ½” cubes. Peel and chop the onions into small dice. Melt the
butter in a heavy-bottomed pot, add the onion and cook slowly until translucent and
tender. Salt, and add the garlic and potatoes. Cook together for 5 minutes, then pour
in the stock and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are tender. Check the seasoning.
Can be served as is, or pureed.